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    30 Tips That'll Help You Prevent The Mess In The First Place

    You can't stress if the mess never happened.

    1. Catch crumbs before they permanently attach themselves to your oven by plopping an oven liner underneath the racks. Raise your hand if you hate cleaning your oven. Great. Now take that same hand and click the "add to cart" button.

    2. Say bye bye to soap scum and shower grime buildup for weeks with a bleach-free, no-scrub weekly shower spray. You don't even have to wipe it clean! Just rinse it the next day, and you'll be amazed to see those hard water stains on your shower door are *poof* gone.

    Before: a dirty shower floor; after: the clean shower floor

    3. Keep the litter where it belongs — in the dang box and NOT all over your floors and carpet — using a top entry litter box. It has a grooved lid to catch any litter that's attached itself to your cat's paws, plus it comes with a scoop!

    4. Snip, snip, snip your parsley and save ~thyme~ with a pair of five-blade herb scissors. No more dirty cutting boards, messily chopped herbs, and hands that now reek.

    Scissors cutting herbs into a bowl

    5. Punch a Scrubbing Bubbles toilet cleaning stamp to the inside of your porcelain throne to clean and deodorize it with every flush. Now you don't have to pick up a dirty toilet brush *shudders* or spend 30 minutes scrubbing away hard water stains because you only clean your toilet when...well...when it's bad enough that you can no longer avoid it.

    6. Or drop in a fizzing toilet tablet that'll sanitize your bowl, keep it smelling fresh, and provide a little entertainment while you're cleaning the bathroom.

    White bath bombs

    7. Suck up dirt, dust, allergens, and more with a powerful air purifier before they coat your apartment *and* your sinuses.

    The square black air purifier

    8. Entice your kitty with a pack of matatabi chew sticks so they'll take out their destructive energy on them instead of on your couch legs and phone chargers. Plus, the stick format helps keep their teeth clean. Matatabi is a plant native to Japan and a catnip alternative (great for kitties who show no interest in catnip!)

    cat chewing on the stick

    9. Prevent last night's spaghetti leftovers from turning your microwave into a Jackson Pollock painting with a collapsible splatter guard. This lil' guy is dishwasher-safe so you can easily store it (or keep it in the microwave) when you're not using it.

    The plastic splatter guard with a red rim on top of a plate of leftovers in a microwave

    10. Use a TubShroom to snag the hair you shed before it clogs your drain and collects in the pipes. Have your relaxing showers turned into you just standing in a puddle of water five minutes after you turn on the water? Yeah, you need this.

    11. Don't destroy your very neat room (or make your already kinda messy room even messier!) looking for a lost phone, wallet, or keys. Attach a pocket-sized Tile Mate to your valuables so you can "ring" the tracker and locate whatever is missing. You can even find a lost phone by holding down the Tile button until your phone rings, even if it's on silent. ADD AMAZON LINKS

    The square white tracker on a keyring

    12. Treat yourself to a portable dishwasher if you despise washing dishes by hand so much that you often just let them pile up in the sink. This handy dandy countertop dishwasher will clean your plates, cups, and utensils so you never have to pick up another sponge.

    13. Squeeze your nail polish into a nail polish holder so the formula stays inside the bottle instead of spilling all over the carpet. It attaches to your fingers like a ring, meaning you don't need a flat surface on which to set it, and can paint your nails in the car, in bed, on the couch, or even in a bathtub.

    The blue ring on two fingers holding a bottle of lilac polish

    14. Don a pair of sweeper slippers and clean the floors as you walk around your apartment. They pick up dirt, dust, pet hair, your hair, and more with each step. And! These even fit over a Swiffer so it's like two products in one.

    15. Holding your utensils aloft and over the pot with a pot clip so when they drip, it's not going to be all over your freshly washed counters.

    The clip holding a wooden spoon over a pot

    16. Keep the mess under control — and without you ever lifting a finger — by giving over all the cleaning to a robot vacuum. OK, I lied. You will have to press some buttons on the remote control but you'll no longer have to spend a good portion of your weekend manually vacuuming up mountains of dirt, dust, and pet fur.

    Infographic of the vacuum and its features including BoostIQ Technology, a 3-point cleaning system, and 1300 Pa suction

    17. Conquer the very time-consuming task of wiping down all the appliances in your kitchen with a plant-based stainless-steel cleaner and polish that'll keep your surfaces smudge-free for longer, meaning less cleaning for you!

    person cleaning a stainless steel fridge

    18. Cover your stovetop with a set of reusable burner covers because you can just wipe them clean when grease splatters or your pot boils over. They're nonstick, heat-resistant, and dishwasher-safe.

    reviewer's stove with the covers around the burners

    19. Whip up dinner fast and without dirtying every pot and pan in your new 11-in-1 Instant Pot Duo Crisp. In addition to being a pressure cooker and an air fryer, the IP Duo Crisp can also sauté, steam, sous vide, bake, broil, dehydrate, and more.

    The Instant Pot Duo Crisp

    20. Or opt for a programmable slow cooker and slow cooker liners if you have a lot of hungry people to feed. With the disposable liners, you can cook different recipes at the same time, reducing your overall cook time *and* saving you from having to wash a huge stack of dishes.

    21. Stop Mittens from spilling her water all over the floor with an automatic water fountain. Cats generally don't like deep, narrow bowls, so they may try to tip over their water dish to drink comfortably. The open design of this fountain will encourage your picky cats to stay hydrated.

    22. Don't give yourself the opportunity to be messy — get a space-saving hanger organizer to hold your clothes hangers so they don't end up in a tangled, jumbled pile.

    23. Satisfy your fur baby's endless desire for some rubbies *and* grab loose fur before it ends up all over your floors with a hair-removing glove. It's also great if your dog or cat goes running at the sight of a brush.

    The grooming glove with silicone nodules, full of hair held in front of a French bulldog

    24. Go vertical with a space-saving and stackable no-spill ice cube tray. This way you can take advantage of every inch of space while ensuring your water freezes in the shape of a cube rather than in a sheet on the bottom of your freezer.

    25. Protect your favorite white T-shirt from your clumsy self with a bottle of water-repelling Scotchgard.

    The product on a shirt showing it's repelling water

    26. Contain the mess with an elevated pet food bowl. The tray catches food that escapes Fido's mouth when he buries his face in the bowl, and there are drainage holes to move water into the basin underneath the tray. Plus the top and bowls are removable so cleanup is easy.

    Reviewer photo of the feeder; one bowl filled with water and the other with dry cat food

    27. Save your desk from turning into a mess of unorganized papers with a hanging file organizer. This'll help you take advantage of vertical space and create a home for all your clutter.

    The 10-tier hanging organizer in black

    28. House all the tops to your food storage containers in a handy dandy lid holder caddy. This'll put a stop to lids mysteriously disappearing. Plus now there's no excuse now to *not* keep the lids neat and tidy.

    The plastic organizer, which has three compartments for lids

    29. Stash extra linens, pillows, blankets, board games, you name it in a chic tufted ottoman with storage. There's no mess if you can't see it, right? RIGHT?!

    30. Spritz an odor-eliminating spray that'll deter your pet from peeing in the same spot on your cream carpet. (You couldn't prevent the first mess but you can prevent future messes.) Each spray releases bacteria that feeds on the ammonia left behind after your pet's accidents, eliminating the urine completely.

    The spray bottle

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